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If one is missing or has a corrupted winload.exe - and winload~1.exe, winloadOLD.exe, etc. do not work - what can you do to regenerate it? (Such as after a failed logon screen customization.)

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A repair installation? – Michael Kjörling Oct 16 '12 at 13:34
XD nice, that's one way to do it. – WindowsEscapist Oct 18 '12 at 2:03
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sfc /scannow - should do. Eventually offline scan from recovery CD/USB if you cannot boot.

winload.exe is a system protected file and has full access only by "Trusted Installer". I would not use simple copying, renaming, moving this critical system file !

Copies of winload.exe can be found in:

  1. \windows\system32\boot
  2. \windows\winsxs subfolders (found in 6 subfolders on my Win 7/64 SP1 system).

The default system loader is "\windows\system32\winload.exe".

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Very interesting! I didn't know about the folder backups in \winxs. – WindowsEscapist Oct 18 '12 at 2:02
I also found out something interesting in the operation I did a while ago - it looks like copying from another Windows install seems to work. Can this be confirmed? – WindowsEscapist Oct 18 '12 at 2:03
What if sfc /scannow cannot repair winload.exe.mui, winresume.exe.mui, winload.exe, winresume.exe, or bootres.dll? What alternate commands or sfc parameters can be run? – WindowsEscapist Oct 19 '12 at 15:12

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